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Polk to open some Parks and Venues on May 1

Published on Apr 30, 2020

Bartow, Fla. (April 29, 2020) — Numerous Polk County parks, trails, campgrounds and community center computer labs will reopen on Friday, May 1. The Board of County Commissioners has announced their plan to gradually open venues where social distancing and professional sanitation practices can be maintained.

“The Board is pleased to once again provide recreational opportunities for our residents and guests who are anxious to use our great facilities,” said Board Chairman Bill Braswell. “We highly encourage residents to follow the president and governor’s guidelines for social distancing and show respect for your neighbors by keeping our venues clean while you enjoy Polk’s beautiful assets.”

Circle B Bar Reserve and the Saddle Creek Gun range will remain closed until 8 a.m., Friday, May 8. Ball fields are also closed to all organized activities.

County recreational facilities that open Friday, May 1 include:

  • All preserve trails. A complete list of these sites open on May 1 can be found at our website at
  • Parks with trails for biking, disc golf, walking and nature, including Loyce Harpe Park and Northeast Regional Park, will be open. Please avoid congregating in parking areas and pavilions.
  • The boat ramps located at Coleman Landing, Lake Arbuckle, Lake Rosalie and Lake Hatchineha will reopen. All other boat ramps throughout the county were not previously closed.
  • Bone Valley ATV Park.
  • Campgrounds will be open with limited capacity.
  • Community Center computer labs will be open on a limited basis. All Community Centers will remain closed to normal community use activities.

Updated information regarding park and preserve openings is available on the county’s website at We recommend that you call (863) 534-7377 for specific information on what is open and new usage guidelines.